Thursday, July 12, 2012

On Striving

Any creative soul - no, scratch that - ANY endeavoring soul is creative, right? It has to be - is plauged by what most of us consider demons. The voice(s) that tells you you're nothing, everyone else is better, you're a hack, you'll never make anything worthwhile...those are demons. Or are they?

Here's another way of looking at our demons:

The Subtle & Abiding Sense of Failure

I've just recently discovered Danielle LaPorte's blog and it is knocking me all over the place. I can't remember which other blog led me to her but WHAM! She knows of what she speaks and she isn't afraid to speak it loud and true.

Danielle says that the Subtle & Abiding Sense of Failure ANGEL invites us to do more, to strive for more. To keep our hearts open. To use the angel's voice to make more, make better, keep reaching.

It reminds me a bit of Neil Gaiman's speech at Philadelphia's University of the Arts (which I consider second only to Steve Jobs' commencement speech at Stanford in 2005) in which he reiterates, Make Good Art.

Art and life are not so separate, though, right? Our art springs from within, and it's affected by who we are, how we live, how we *have* lived, what we believe. Our totally real, totally authentic selves. Make what would not exist without you. And let that angel guide you to making it ever and ever better. What are you going to make today?   :)

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